Your guide to Moraitika, Corfu!

THE INSIDER’s GUIDE TO MORAITIKA, CORFU!

Looking for a Greek holiday of sea, sun, relaxation and fun? You can’t do better than Moraitika. Here you will find everything you need to know: where to stay, where to eat, what to see and lots more! Make sure to scroll all the way down.

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Welcome to Moraitika, Corfu – my favorite corner of the world! This is the place where I spent many summers of my early life with family and friends. Nowadays, I return every summer to revisit old fond memories, but mostly to enjoy the serenity of the setting, and to swim in Corfu’s crystal, sparkling waters. I love Moraitika so much, that I had to write a book or two about it! Forget your worries for a while. Sit back, relax and check out this short (yet comprehensive!) guide. I hope the pictures delight you and give you a good idea as to why I call this place a paradise on earth.

First off, the basics!

Moraitika is situated on the southeast coast of the island. The old quarter is on higher ground, perching on a lush mountain covered with olive groves. Walking through the quaint paths is a pleasure in itself, but you can also admire a spectacular sea view from up here. The sunset vistas are enchanting enough, but the sunrise is truly unforgettable. Rise early one morning, find a vantage point and marvel at this sort of spectacle:

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Here, you can quench your thirst at the Pigi (a fresh spring) under the shade of a huge plane tree (platanos). The path that leads to it begins from Tassos Grill if you know your way around the village on the hill. Ask any local where the Pigi or the Platanos is and they’ll point you to the right direction.

Well worth a visit is the village church with its beautiful bell tower. Across from the church, you will find the antiquated, original church of the village and the only grave left standing from the cemetery that was once there. The grave belongs to my great-grandfather, Stefanos Vassilakis, who was the village priest and teacher at the turn of the 20th century. I gave Moraitika the name ‘Vassilaki’ in the book to honor his memory.

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To leave the old quarter, take one of the four available downhill paths that will take you to the main road on level ground. This is the bustling part of the village, where you will find a wide selection of shops, bars and eateries.

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At this bus stop booth, take the path to the beach. This will lead you right at the sports pier that’s situated in front of Delfinia Hotel. If you go left from the pier, after the thatched beach umbrellas you will arrive at a quiet spot without umbrellas and deckchairs that is preferred by the locals. If you turn right at the pier you will arrive at a more cosmopolitan, lively setting.

OTHER BEACHES – PLACES TO SEE – THINGS TO DO

While in Moraitika, you may be happy to lounge on the same beach all day, but should you decide to rent a car or a bike as to explore the nearby beaches and villages, you will be glad you did. Stunning sandy beaches on the west side of Corfu are only a short ride away in the direction of Lefkimmi and Cavos. In a few minutes, you could be in Chalikounas or Issos – both are situated near Lake Korission (one on either side). Chalikounas is the first beach on the way and to get there, you’ll drive right by the lake. Issos is further away on the road to Lefkimmi. For both beaches, you may have to ask for directions from a local, as sign posting is not too clear. I assure you, they’re both worth the trouble and the drive is delightful.

Have lunch after your swim on the seafront at Messonghi…

I recommend lunch at Messonghi during at least one of your daytime explorations. Messonghi is built at the river mouth of Messonghi river. It is the neighboring village of Moraitika that I describe in my book, The Ebb. Just pick any of the quaint seafront tavernas for your meal there. One of my favorites is Bacchus Taverna. It is situated near the pier. Scroll down to the section ‘Where to Eat’ to read more about Bacchus.

 

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Messonghi beach – picture by Paul Tuck

Further down the road from Messonghi you’ll find Boukari. Plenty of excellent tavernas to enjoy there too.

 

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Moraitika – view of the beach and the pier at Delfinia Hotel

Those who have read The Ebb, will recognize the mountain on the right in this picture as my heroine’s favorite ‘pyramid-shaped mountain’. In real life, the locals call it ‘Martaouna’ and the village on it is called Spileo. It’s well worth a visit, if only for the wonderful views of the bay and I recommend you enjoy it from the restaurant 75 Steps. See below a sample of the views you can enjoy from there. Refer to the section ‘Where to Eat’ for more pictures and info on 75 Steps.

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As for the mountain on the left in the previous picture, it is called Chlomos and you’ll find two villages on it: Agios Dimitrios (you can see it under the two masts) and Chlomos which is on the other side of the mountain.  If you’re feeling adventurous, why not conquer this mountain? Explore Agios Dimitrios and marvel at the coastal view from its churchyard. Here’s how the bay looks from up there. Not bad, huh?

After your visit at Agios Dimitrios, follow the sign to Lefkimmi to visit the village of Chlomos on the other side of the mountain. At Chlomos, take the narrow lane to your left to arrive at this magnificent vista:

From this spot, carry on ahead down the mountain. The road will take you to Boukari, or you can return to Moraitika from there via Messonghi. It’s a lovely, picturesque ride through shaded streets and ancient olive groves.

Eager to explore further? Drive further south and visit even more breathtaking beaches of fine sand and crystal clear waters. There is a multitude to chose from. I recommend Agios Georgios (St George), Agia Varvara (Santa Barbara) and Marathias. A word of warning: stay away from Kavos unless you’re specifically looking for a loud place and some wild partying, in which case of course, you’ll be happy you went there!

For the most serious sightseeing on the island, you must visit the renowned Achilles Palace, the enchanting Kanoni with the nearby Mon Repos (a holiday mansion of the Greek royal family back in the day – now a fine museum) and Pontikonisi (Mouse Island) and, of course, the stunning old quarter of Corfu town with its picturesque lanes, churches and the Old Venetian Fortress.

What’s to say about all these legendary places of interest? I wouldn’t know where to begin. I can only recommend them all highly. Corfu Town is well worth a visit, if only for its enchanting main square, a jewel of world heritage listed with Unesco!

 

If you’re looking for places of interest near Moraitika/Messonghi, and especially if you are into healthy eating, I highly recommend the Mavroudis Family Museum and Olive Press in Vraganiotika. It’s about five minutes by car from Moraitika. At the roundabout, turn right towards Lefkimmi. After Vraganiotika, and just before Alevropari, you will see this beautiful, natural stone building on the left side of the road:

This building (built in an old Venetian-style) houses the Mavroudis Family Museum and a modern olive press.

Here, you will find olive-press equipment and machinery that dates as far back as 400 years!

After visiting the impressive museum area and hearing all about the ancient process of olive pressing, you will be shown the modern-day olive press that the family uses to make high-quality, perfectly wholesome olive oil. At the shop, you will be able to choose among a vast array of packaged olive oil/olive goods to treat yourself and your loved ones.

By the way, I highly recommend the flavored oils! Choose among oregano, garlic, orange, chilly and more! The Mavroudis family presses the olives along with these fresh ingredients to make these subtly flavoured oils that taste delicious! I can personally vouch for the yumminess of the orange variety that I love to drizzle over my boiled greens along with fresh lemon juice. Incredibly yummy and healthy!

Please note that you can also buy the products of the Mavroudis family at their shop in Moraitika (at the roundabout). For any questions, contact them at their Facebook page, HERE

 

As for a bit of exploring beyond Corfu, below you will find details of the best travel agent in Moraitika where you will marvel at the choices you have! Personally, I recommend these two boat trips that I have done and which I am forever daydreaming about. Check out these pictures:

RECOMMENDED BOAT TRIP TO : PAXOS & ANTIPAXOS

RECOMMENDED BOAT TRIP TO SIVOTA & BLUE LAGOON (SEA CAVES)

Regarding boat trips, I never pass on the chance to do one, and I’ve had unforgettable boat trips elsewhere; in Milos, Skiathos, Zakynthos and Lefkada, for example. Yet, on Corfu, you get an incredible amount of choice because of many places of interest on Corfu itself, the nearby small islands, and the stunning beaches and sites of the Greek mainland. Other than the agency that I am recommending at the bottom of this page, you can also book a boat trip or two to nearby destinations directly with your captain! All you have to do is visit Messonghi’s little marina at the river mouth and choose to book ahead one of many boat trips on offer. I recommend Captain Homer – there’s a booking office for this captain near the river mouth where you can choose among many different tours on offer. Scroll down for contact details. I recommend the evening boat trip to Corfu Town. Explore the quaint old quarter of the town, do a spot of shopping, have a meal, and then enjoy the romantic boat ride back to Messonghi after sun down with the coast all lit up… An enchanting experience all together.

Speaking of romance…

Messonghi’s marina is a magical place at sunset. Check out these photos and see what I mean:

To get there from Moraitika, after the iron bridge over the river, take the cemented path to the left. The sign will say ‘to Messonghi river’.

In the day, the same marina takes on a fresh, cheerful feel. This is an idyllic place to start an exciting daily boat trip, don’t you think?

Make sure to check out the many excursions available by Captain Homer:

https://www.facebook.com/captainhomersexcursions/

https://www.facebook.com/Captain-Homer-Boat-Trips-395804210518009/

 

Well, this is it as far as general information goes!

Below, you will find all my recommendations in full detail and many other new resources. You may want to bookmark this page and return to it again before you visit the island. This is a work in progress!

If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or use the contact form on this site. Thank you for giving me the chance to introduce you to my beloved Moraitika and its people! Remember to scroll all the way down to get my Moraitika book for FREE!

Fros in Messonghi

SCROLL DOWN FOR MY RECOMMENDATIONS IN DETAIL AND MORE!

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

GUESTHOUSE: NEA ZOI  (Owners: Costas and Leni Vlachos)

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Nea Zoi is right on the beach!

Nea Zoi, which is run by my adorable Aunt Leni, is ideal for people looking for tranquility and for families. It is situated right on the beach, but if you prefer to shy away from the sun, just sit under the shade with a drink and let time melt away.

All rooms are air-conditioned and are equipped with a fridge and a kettle. Some rooms have a kitchenette as well.

Location: On the beach, next to Caldera Lounge bar and Margarita hotel

To book, contact Spyridoula at:  info@gstouristcentre.gr  (or phone: +30 26610 76282)

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VILLA CORFIOTA  (owner: Yannis Vlachos)

 

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Villa Corfiota

A little further inland from Nea Zoi you will find Villa Corfiota, which is run by the same family, namely by my cousin Yannis Vlachos. This villa that’s half-hidden in its lush gardens is another quiet setting for a relaxing vacation. The property comprises of 18 studios surrounded by a lush garden of beautiful flowers and fruit trees.

Location: Just off the beach (50 meters) near Nea Zoi, Caldera Lounge Bar and Margarita Hotel.

To book, email:  t_vlachou@hotmail.com  (or phone: +30 26610 75350)

Visit the Facebook page

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AQUARIUS STUDIOS  (owner: Giorgos & Spyridoula Vlachos)

This family-run guesthouse is located on Moraitika’s main road where the village school once was. As you see below, the old schoolyard now resembles a picturesque Cycladic lane.

Location: Situated on the main road, across from Alkyonis Hotel. The studios are above the Moraitika Tourist Center (this travel agency is featured later on this guide – owned by the same family).

To book, contact Spyridoula Vlachos at:

Email: info@gstouristcentre.gr

Phone: +30 26610 76282

Website: http://www.gstouristcentre.gr/index.php/en/

 

ROMANTICA

Near the main road (along the path to the beach starting from the bus stop booth on the main road that I mentioned earlier on) you will find Romantica.

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Romantica

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This is a place that the young at heart will appreciate more because, well, Leftis is not your average guy! Back in the 80s, Leftis ran the Romantica restaurant on the same spot and, from back then, it was legendary. Tourists of all ages mixed with the locals every night dancing the syrtaki to a frenzy of bouzouki chords. At some point, Leftis would bring out a donkey from the back, calling out to lady tourists to ride it around the dance floor and he’d do all sorts of crazy routines too, raising mad bouts of laughter. Nowadays, Leftis no longer brings out a donkey, but he does a wicked Greek Night BBQ once a week where, among many other things, he invites his guests to let him break plates on their heads. Please note – to sample the Greek night you need to pre-book!

Pictures by LeftisRomantica & CorfuHolidayGuide

Location: 100 meters off the main road (near the round bus stop booth)

Whether you intend to stay there or not, make sure to pre-book and sample the Greek night BBQ!

Visit the website here for many photos and all contact details.

You will find Romantica mentioned as ‘Leftis Romantica’ on Facebook. The page has over 1,000 fans and there’s also a brand new unofficial group about it. Connect with fellow Romantica worshipers and get inspired for your next visit:

https://www.facebook.com/LeftisRomantica/?fref=ts

https://www.facebook.com/groups/816058481864800/

 

IRINI APARTMENTS

Irini Aparments is a family business run by the Tzoras family. The property has ample greenery and an beautiful overhead trellis laden with grapes – making this a wonderful place to relax with a drink and just be. My childhood friend and wonderful host, Costas Tzoras, also mans the bar that’s situated in front of this beautiful pool area…

His sister, Rena, runs the supermarket that’s on the road on the same property. Irini Apartments is situated near the river, halfway between the roundabout and the river bridge. For any questions and for bookings, visit their Facebook page HERE

 

75  STEPS (Accommodation)

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/75-Steps-Taverna-Accommodation-970741252970806

Website: http://www.75steps.com/index.php/en/

Location: Spileo

Some of you may know the very popular 75 Steps Taverna in Spileo with its exquisite food and marvelous views of the bay. You will find pictures and information about the taverna at the section ‘Where to Eat’ below. 75 Steps also offers accommodation on the same property. Just look at the view you could have from your balcony!

For more info, visit the website or Facebook page as per above.

 

 

WHERE TO EAT

CALDERA LOUNGE BAR (and restaurant)

Owners: Christos and Fay Vlachos, cook extraordinaire: Mrs Loula Vlachos

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Caldera Lounge Bar

Caldera is the true inspiration behind the bar/restaurant Karavi in my romance, The Ebb. Try this place especially after nightfall and you will be enchanted! Highly recommended for romantic souls. Furthermore, Mrs Loula’s homemade cooking is one of the best kept secrets in this village. Make sure to discover it! Try the souvlaki or the pastitsada…

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Location: On the beach, next to Margarita Hotel

Contact: +30 26610 75269

Visit the Facebook page

 

BELLA VISTA

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Picture by Bella Vista

Bella Vista is an old favorite from the 80s when my grandparents would treat me to dinner there at sunset. Make sure to bring your best camera when you visit!

Location: On the hill – at the old quarter of Moraitika. You will find signs to direct you.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bellavistataverna/

 

TASSOS GRILL

Make sure to visit this exquisite family taverna early in the evening or pre-book. Dine on the terrace and marvel at this spectacular sea view. I recommend the moussaka and the fresh fish.

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Location: On the hill – at the old quarter of Moraitika. The easiest way to find it is to take the uphill path from the main road at Delfinia Hotel.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tassosgrill/

 

ZAK’s TAVERNA

Zak’s taverna is a whimsical establishment that’s visibly sighing with relief on a warm evening amidst its lush garden of colorful blooms. Zak’s wife, Loula, spends every morning preparing mouth-watering homemade delights that will continue to haunt you forever once you’ve left the island… I recommend that you order a series of starters instead of a main course so you can sample more! Make sure one of them is the potato skins! Zak’s is highly popular and only opens in the evenings after 18:00. Make sure to pre-book especially if visiting after 19:30 or so – you’ve been warned!

How to get there: From Moraitika, cross the bridge over Messonghi river and walk straight ahead. You will find Zak’s on your left hand just after the turn off to Messonghi river).

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Zaks-Taverna-856001957823364/

Please note: Open only in the evening. Pre-book at 26610 76036 especially if you’re visiting after 19:30 or so!

 

STAVROS TAVERNA & BAR

On the main road at Moraitika, roughly halfway between the Coop supermarket and the roundabout, you will find Stavros Taverna & Bar on the left side of the road (shortly before the leather goods and the Fontana shop). This is a great place to enjoy a meal with the whole family,  and if you love sports the massive TV screen at the bar is a must for your enjoyment! For any questions, visit their Facebook page, HERE

 

BACCHUS

Location: Messonghi beach by the pier

Website: http://www.bacchus.gr/

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bacchus-Taverna/413596508687596

 

75  STEPS TAVERNA

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/75-Steps-Taverna-Accommodation-970741252970806

Website: http://www.75steps.com/index.php/en/

Location: Spileo

How to get there: From the Moraitika roundabout, past the bridge and the crossroads at Messonghi, continue uphill. At the village of Spileo, you will see a sign on the left side of the road for Spileo House. On the right side of the road, seconds later, you will see a small sign for municipal parking. It is a large field where you can leave your vehicle. The restaurant is right after that on the same side of the road. You have a choice between taking the elevator or the steps to enjoy this magnificent vista!

Please note: The restaurant is open all day but only serves meals in the evening. Check out these stunning views as the sun begins to set…

 

ORGANIZED SIGHTSEEING – BOAT TRIPS – EXCURSIONS

Just ask my cousin Spyridoula at Moraitika! Here you can get excursions to many places on the mainland across the Ionian Sea, and also to the islands of Paxos and Antipaxos. I strongly recommend the boat trip to Paxos as well as the one to Sivota and the Blue Lagoon (sea caves)!

How to get there: Moraitika Tourist Center is on the main road near Charlie’s Bar and across from Alkyonis Hotel.

Email: info@gstouristcentre.gr

Phone: +30 26610 76282

Website: http://www.gstouristcentre.gr/index.php/en/

 

 

GROCERIES

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The co-op supermarket has it all! This is the most cost-effective and adequately stocked supermarket in Moraitika. Just ask for Alekos, a guy with a heart of gold you’ll love to greet every morning. If you happen to mention football, be kind to Olympiakos! We’re talking passion here. Alekos and his brother Yorgos haven’t put up the team’s flag on the roof for nothing!

Location: A few feet from the round bus stop booth (on the opposite side of the road).

 

GIFTS – SOUVENIRS – BEACH STUFF

Visit Aquarius gift shop! My cousin Yannis and his family offer a wide selection of gifts from the most traditional to the utterly hilarious. You’ll find something for everyone here, even for your most awkward aunt!

Location: On the main road, next to Moraitika Tourist Center and across from Alkyonis Hotel.

 

BOOKSHOP & POST OFFICE

Need to print your boarding pass in Moraitika? For stamps, gifts, fax, internet cards and lots more, visit the local bookshop, Vivliou Chora, that is also the village post office.

Note: Are you staying in Corfu and looking for my paperbacks? Lots of people have asked me this, so please note you can order them in this bookstore (or any other in Corfu). Just allow a couple of weeks for delivery to be safe.

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Location: *NEW LOCATION!* Just after the roundabout on your right-hand side as you head towards the river bridge.

Tel: +30 26610 76964

Email: vivliouxora@gmail.com

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vivliouxora

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

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This is a fabulous website that will satisfy both common and rare holiday needs! Just head over to www.corfuselections.com and see what they can do for you: accommodation, transfers, wedding photography, high-powered craft rides, mobility scooters and anything else you may need – just send them an email. The people at Corfu Selections are committed to assisting independent travelers and to satisfying any special needs while supporting the local economy.

 

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Check out the Corfu Holiday Guide to look up any establishment that interests you around Corfu and of course, all over Moraitika. The map feature will pinpoint their exact location for you and provide contact information and a wealth of photos. Run by web-guru Peter Simpson, it is the ultimate business guide for the island!

Are you an avid reader? A list of holiday reads set on Corfu (including my book The Ebb that’s set in 1980s Moraitika) will soon be added on this site so make sure to bookmark it for later!

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Visit http://the-green-island.co.uk/ for all info on the island re accommodation, sightseeing, culture, nature, and lots more. It even lists a few books set on Corfu!

IMPORTANT NOTE: I have created this guide to give you insider tips on how to enjoy your stay in my beloved Moraitika to the max! I do not receive commission from anyone, and I am only showcasing them here as to help family and friends. All these lovely people will be thrilled to hear you came to Moraitika and met them because of this website, so please ensure to mention ‘Frosso’ sent you!

My award-winning romance, The Ebb, is partly set in Moraitika and Messonghi in the 1980s. Go here to get a FREE copy now. Thank you for visiting my guide.

Do you prefer paperbacks? You can order all my books on Amazon, at your nearest bookstore or at your local library.

 

Thank you for your visit!

Check out these posts where I share memories from the 80s in Moraitika!

My Corfiot granny and a bunch of strange tourists

A lifetime of Corfu summers

 

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  • Effy, this is gorgeous. Next trip to Corfu, I’ll have to travel further south of CorfuTown. How far is it from the airport? As you know I’ve been to Corfu many times with relatives in the Gouvia area and LOVE this beautiful Greek Island with a strong Venetian influence. Reading this blog with so much great information makes me want to go back and experience your Corfu and that of the Lady Of the Pier! OPA!

    • frosandy

      Thank you for your visit, Ruth. It’s about 20-30 minutes by car from Corfu airport to Moraitika, depending on traffic. A taxi ride will cost around 30 euro. I am pleased to hear you found my post interesting. That was my purpose, to get people interested. Actually, I want to shout it from the rooftops. Everyone should experience this secret paradise on earth. The whole of Corfu hides incredible pleasures for the senses, but I am partial on Moraitika. It’s a love of a lifetime for me 🙂 If you ever plan to visit, let me know – it’d be great to meet up if our holiday dates coincide 🙂

  • I wish I could book a flight right now!

    • frosandy

      LOL, thank you for stopping by, Mary! It’s a true paradise and you should all come. Just think: our first eNovel Convention in Moraitika 🙂

  • Pierre

    Just enjoyed reading your article, we have been travelling to Moraitika for the last 5/6 years, and have fallen in love with it, we stay at Makis Louvlis and frequent Zaks as regularly as possible, it was great seeing your reviews of the places we also highly enjoy. We will be returning for the 2nd time this year on 14th Sept for 10 days and maybe even meet up for a small Mythos if youre about?

    • frosandy

      Thank you for stopping by, Pierre. Lovely to meet someone who enjoys Zak’s as much as I do 🙂 Sadly, and I blame the awful Greek crisis for that, I now only manage one holiday in Corfu per year and I’ve just had that… have fun in September, I am envious, but keep in touch as I’d also love to meet you sometime! Find me on Facebook or contact me via this site anytime. Thank you again for your lovely comment 🙂

  • Connie Faurholt

    Thank you for sharing this. Very good informations and lovely Photos.
    My very first visits to Corfu were to Messonghi in 2000 and 2001.
    Now I am early retired and living in the Old Village of Moraitika.

    I have shared your post with my friends in Denmark.

    • frosandy

      Hi Connie, and thank you for your lovely comment. My house is also in the Old Village so I’ve probably said hi to you around the lanes many times 🙂 Would love to meet you sometime, during my annual summer holiday in Corfu. Drop me a line through the site anytime or find me on Facebook, ok. I’d love to know which part of the Old Village you’re staying at. Many thanks for spreading the word all the way to Denmark 🙂

  • ihave read your article about Moriatika .and agree with you ..we have been going there a few years now .have stayed in leftis..now stay with a lovely family just down from the bus booth..we go to the beach and been to Caldera and also the Sea breeze..the boat trip to paxos is well worth it.
    and we walked up the mountain to Archontico restaurant and visited the chapel and graveyard and that was worth the visit ..the meal was lovely
    the Islands restaurant in also excellelent

    • frosandy

      Thank you for your visit, Christine! It’s wonderful to hear you’ve stayed at Romantica and visited Caldera and all those other lovely places you mentioned. My sister-in-law from England loves the Islands restaurant lots, but I haven’t been to many restaurants around Moraitika as I have my own place there and my granny is a remarkable cook so I tend to linger around the house at meal times 🙂

  • we are off to Moraitika for 4 weeks ..we fly out on 27/08/2015..so looking forward to it ..will try the trip to Sivota

    • frosandy

      Wow, a month! I am pleased for you Christine! I hope you will stop by at the Moraitika Travel Center to let Spyridoula see to your every need for a daily trip. Say ‘Frosso’ sent you 🙂 Have fun and enjoy the Blue Caves if you do go. I’m envious 🙂

  • marion delforge

    I’d love to come next year ! I will certainly take care of all your loving information thanks you very much

    • frosandy

      Thank you for your visit, Marion! If you’ve never been there before, you’ll fall in love with it! I’ve seen many first time visitors over the years cry on their last day in Moraitika 🙂

  • Carol

    Thank you so much for sharing this. We’ve been holidaying in Moraitika since 2000 and we absolutely love it there and love the people. We use all the restaurants you mentioned and have had such lovely food in all the places. You may like to add the new restaurant that Dimitri has opened (who used to be the waiter at Crabs now called Caldera of course) called Mama’s Taverna. Again excellent food.

    • frosandy

      Thank you Carol – would that be Lina’s new taverna? She is my cousin – I think her husband’s name is Dimitris so it could be him. Lina is Petros’s oldest daughter from the Crabs. Her new taverna is next to Olympia restaurant. Is that the one you mean? I meant to visit her this summer but ran out of time… so it’s in my plans for next year, thanks a lot for your visit here 🙂

  • Val Moderate

    I loved this. We go to Moraitika every year and stay at Nea Zoi. It was so lovely seeing all the photos (pity some were upside down )
    Thank you for sharing.

    • frosandy

      Hi Val – glad you enjoyed it 🙂 Yes, sorry, I had a technical problem with a couple of photos of Caldera (The Crabs) & the supermarket. The rest seem to be ok 🙂 Many thanks for dropping by!

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  • Monika

    Hi, thanks a lot for … all! Last summer i went to Corfu first time. I stayed in St. George. This year , in july i booked one week in a Seabird hotel. I’m glad for your recomending places, especially boat trips. Last year i couldn’t go out, my dream was Blue Lagoon, but now… i don’t know what is better… Blue Lagoon? Or Paxos? hmmmm
    Could you tell me both trips i can go from Moraitika? How many hours takes that trip?
    Regards from Poland

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Hi Monica, thank you for your lovely comments. It’s been years since I last went to Paxos or the Blue Lagoon but in both cases, the boats do a day’s excursion. So, expect to leave around 9:00 am, be at your first destination about 1 hour later, with more than one stops for a swim. Lunch on board or at a taverna, return to Corfu around 5-6 pm. Both are worth doing but I love the Paxos and Antipaxos one better. The Seabird is on the beach at Moraitika – an excellent choice! For all your travel needs, make sure to visit Spyridoula at the travel agency as per my recommendations. Enjoy your holiday and thank you again for writing!

      • Monika

        Thank you for your reply. Really i can’t wait to be there 🙂

        • Effrosyni Moschoudi

          Enjoy it Monica!!

  • Lorraine

    Hi. I just wanted to say how much I loved reading this. I will be staying nearby in Messonghi in August with my boyfriend. It sounds like an amazing place. We can’t wait to go and will be sure to visit all the places that you’ve recommended. Thankyou.

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Lorraine. If you’ve never been to Corfu before, you’re in for a treat! Have fun 🙂

  • gary gibson

    Hi going to Moraitika for the first time in two days time and have really enjoyed reading your experiences. Can’t wait now.

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you for browsing through my guide, Gary! You’re in for a treat, my friend! Enjoy, and I look forward to any comments if you feel like sharing once you’ve come back. You can contact me here or Facebook anytime 🙂

  • David Elcock

    I’ve just booked for one week, 18 – 25 September, looks great, hope weather’s ok, staying at Mayflower appts.

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you for commenting, David! Have fun – September is a great month to visit Corfu, much cooler 🙂

  • Ruth

    Coming to Messonghi the week after next for a big family holiday, and your words have certainly whetted my appetite! First time in Corfu for 13 years (last time we were in San Stefanos in the north), so can’t wait to come back. Thank you

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Enjoy your forthcoming holiday in Messonghi, Ruth! You’re in for a special treat, I know, visiting it (And Moraitika too, I hope) for the first time. I hope you’ll try some of the recommended restaurants and other shops mentioned in my guide – you will be more than satisfied. Have fun! xx

  • Janet Bloor

    Know the area well as I have family in Moritika and I will be arriving 6th September for a week staying in Spileo House built last year by family friends bringing a girlfriend for her first visit and looking forward to showing her the island. Out of interest why are so many of your lovely photos upside down!

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Hi Janet and welcome to my site! So sorry for these photos. It’s due to some kind of technical trouble I had with the specific batch of photos. I hope to get new ones soon and replace them in the page. Hope they didn’t spoil your experience too much 🙂 Have a wonderful holiday this September!

  • Natalie

    I busted Corfu in June and it was love at first sight for me. I may be lucky enough to visit again late September but I have heard the weather is unsettled. Does the rain come and go or set in for the week?

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Hi Natalie and thank you for your visit here! I am afraid rain can happen even in the summer and not just in Corfu but it’s sparse. I just returned from a fortnight’s holiday in Moraitika and we had a thunderstorm one night and rainy skies for two days but it was blistering heat and sunshine every other day. You may have a little more rain in September but nothing that would spoil your holiday for days on end. Have fun and make sure to sample the fine restaurant of Tassos Grill on the hill in Moraitika. The owners are good friends of mine. You can eat at the terrace as to marvel at the generous seaview 🙂 I recommend the moussaka! xx

  • Kay coy

    Hi just found you and am delighted with your pics and wonderful information we will be going on 13 th September for two weeks and you have certainly given us such an insight in this fabulous place .Thank you so much x

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Hi Kay! I’ve just come back from Moraitika and had a fabulous time. Make sure to check out Leftis Romantica for their fabulous Greek night every Friday. Good value for money and lots of laughter! Enjoy your time on the island as I am sure you will, and thank you 🙂 xx

  • Jackie Giddings

    Lovely to read about Moraitika visited many times in the mid 1980s loved Black Pete’s Bar and BP Taverna and the Rose Garden was one of my favourite places to eat. Then to stay in San Stefanos in the north west now. Beautiful Island stole my heart many years ago.

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you for your visit, Jackie! The BP garage has been a petrol station for years after the syrtaki dancing ended. And this summer (I just got back from Moraitika!) the petrol pumps and the sign had been removed. There was no sign or indication of what it was being converted into and I am really hoping to find it’ll be a restaurant again when I go back next summer. Fingers crossed they will do the infamous Greek dancing nights again! So many people seem to miss it. I know I do 🙂

  • Margo

    Hi my husband and i are going to moritika for 2 weeks in june 2017 staying in smartline nassos. Its our first time visiting we normally go to rhoda but decided to change we love the people in greece wouldnt go anywhere else now . So glad i seen your article feel better about making the change now.

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Margo! I’ve loved Moraitika all my life so I may be partial, but I know you’ll have a great time! Make sure to sample the restaurants I highlight – and I can’t recommend Greek night at Romantica highly enough if you love a good laugh! Enjoy your holiday as I am sure you will!

  • Simone Roberts

    Thank you for posting all the above information, my friend and i are spending 11 nights in Moraitika in June, we spent a large part of the 1980’s in Dassia, Ipsos and Pyrgi, and fell in love with Corfu, It’s my friends 50th this year so to celebrate we are heading back to our favourite place in the world minus husbands and children. We decided on Moraitika as it’s one place on the island that we had never visited, and also because we both realize that our usual haunts will have changed quite a lot in 27 years, it looks fabulous and we can’t wait x

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you for your visit, Simone! Enjoy Moraitika as I am sure you will 🙂 xx

  • Craig Seddon

    Returning to Messonghi Beach again in May and can’t wait. Having lived and worked as a rep in Corfu in 2000 and 2003 I have returned many times to visit friends. I feel so at home the minute I step on the tarmac at Corfu airport and have so many happy memories of the island. I never get bored here, always feel at peace and the people on Corfu are always so friendly. Thanks for the recommendations here, I know of some of them already but aim to discover some of the others very soon

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you for your comment, Craig. I’d been working in a family business of room rentals throughout the 80s in Moraitika. We were with Medina Holidays and Thompson, and maybe you brought me customers at the time haha. Enjoy your stay and I hope my recommendations in Moraitika become your new favourites! Make sure to say hi from me – they’re all fantastic people as I’m sure you know 🙂

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  • I feel like I have all the information I need to have a fabulous vacation in Corfu! What a beautiful place and such a terrific travel guide.

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Delighted to hear it, Molly, thank you! Have a fabulous holiday. I hope you grabbed a free copy of The Ebb! It’s the perfect read while you’re on the island 🙂 x

  • Marjorie Mallon

    Excellent guide I wish I could go! Thanks for a free copy of The Ebb will download. 🙂

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you, Marjorie. I wish it for you, to go to Corfu one day. I hope you’ll enjoy The Ebb 🙂

  • James Duncan Fraser

    Arriving next month for our 7th time in Corfu, 3rd in Moraitika. I have many of the same photos you have used and have dined in all but two of your recommendations. Were staying up in the old village this time at Avros Paradise Aparthotel. Moraitika should be proud of your fantastic blog for the area.

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Hi James, and thank you for your visit and the kind words 🙂 Excellent choice to stay up on the hill! Have a wonderful time as I am sure you will!

  • Annie Dennis

    Loved reading all your lovely memories of Messonghi & Moriatika 🙂 First went to Messonghi in 1985, loved it! Stayed in beautiful studios on the beach but just can’t remember the name? (maybe you would know?) Opposite Messonghi beach hotel, where the big mountain with the satellite was. But I do remember the 2 sons Dimitri & Spiros & their cousin Filimo, we had a great time there. Went back to Corfu in 1989 for my honeymoon to Moriatika & heading back to Messonghi this year to Loulass Village. Can’t wait to get back to the place I fell in Love with & the start of my romance with Greece, I think I’ve visited almost every island now. Thanks for sharing your memories 🙂

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you for your visit, Annie, and for sharing your path towards adoration over Corfu! I can’t tell where you stayed the first time. I confess that other than my cousins in Messonghi (Tsatsanis is their last name) I hardly know anybody else there. Enjoy your next visit to your very own Corfiot paradise! xxx

  • Clive McGonigal

    I’m looking forward to my first visit to Corfu and Moraitika in 23 days time, staying at the Delphinia hotel! Your blog will be a massively valuable resource ( I’m printing this page) so I can squeeze in as much as I can ( trips and FOOD!). I simply love the Greek people, the culture ( and did I mention food?) I try and visit a different Greek Island every year but looks like I’ve hit the jackpot this time. I just hope the hotel doesn’t punish me as a solo traveler with a bad room – as happened in Rhodes last year which was a bad start but not the end of the world. Thanks for all the info. Στην υγειά σας

    • Effrosyni Moschoudi

      Thank you for your comments Clive, pleased to meet you. Delfinia is an excellent choice! My guide is a work in progress. I’ve just come back from Moraitika and will soon be adding more recommendations to it. I can tell you from now, the Mavroudis Olive Oil Factory in Vraganiotika is a must. They also have a shop at the roundabout in Moraitika where you can buy flavored olive oil that’s out of this world healthy and delicious. If you are on Facebook, friend me in my personal page https://www.facebook.com/efrosini.moschoudi and scroll down to see photos and details. Have fun in Corfu, my friend, and welcome to the club of lovers of Moraitika and Messonghi!

      • Clive McGonigal

        I’m an Olive Oil afficionado so the Mavroudis factory will be on the list for sure. I friend requested you on FB and will send you some photos

        • Effrosyni Moschoudi

          I confirmed the request, and look forward to your photos, thank you!